The views expressed in the following articles do not necessarily represent
those of the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food, or the State of Utah.
These articles are offered in the spirit of Food for Thought.
And on the 8th day, God looked down on his planned paradise and said, "I need a caretaker." So God made a farmer.
God said, "I need somebody willing to get up before dawn, milk cows, work all day in the fields, milk cows again, eat supper and then go to town and stay past midnight at a meeting of the school board." So God made a farmer.
"I need somebody with arms strong enough to rustle a calf and yet gentle enough to deliver his own grandchild. Somebody to call hogs, tame cantankerous machinery, come home hungry, have to wait lunch until his wife's done feeding visiting ladies and tell the ladies to be sure and come back real soon -- and mean it." So God made a farmer.
God said, "I need somebody willing to sit up all night with a newborn colt. And watch it die. Then dry his eyes and say, 'Maybe next year.' I need somebody who can shape an ax handle from a persimmon sprout, shoe a horse with a hunk of car tire, who can make harness out of haywire, feed sacks and shoe scraps. And who, planting time and harvest season, will finish his forty-hour week by Tuesday noon, then, pain'n from 'tractor back,' put in another seventy-two hours." So God made a farmer.
God had to have somebody willing to ride the ruts at double speed to get the hay in ahead of the rain clouds and yet stop in mid-field and race to help when he sees the first smoke from a neighbor's place. So God made a farmer.
God said, "I need somebody strong enough to clear trees and heave bails, yet gentle enough to tame lambs and wean pigs and tend the pink-combed pullets, who will stop his mower for an hour to splint the broken leg of a meadow lark. It had to be somebody who'd plow deep and straight and not cut corners. Somebody to seed, weed, feed, breed and rake and disc and plow and plant and tie the fleece and strain the milk and replenish the self-feeder and finish a hard week's work with a five-mile drive to church.
"Somebody who'd bale a family together with the soft strong bonds of sharing, who would laugh and then sigh, and then reply, with smiling eyes, when his son says he wants to spend his life 'doing what dad does.'" So God made a farmer.
- Paul Harvey
"When tillage begins, other arts follow. The farmers, therefore, are the founders of human civilization."
"Control oil and you control nations; control food and you control the people."
Henry Kissinger: 1970
Ag Links of Interest - to interesting media articles
The County Seat program examines issues that are important to
residents of Utah and our local counties. The program airs each Saturday at 11:00 p.m. and again Sunday morning at 8:30 a.m. on channel 4 KTVX.
Utah Agriculture's Economic Impact on Utah's Economy - Feb. 12, 2017
How Brand Inspectors Prevent Livestock Theft - Oct. 21, 2016
The Utah's Own Program - September 4, 2014
Guardians of the Food Supply - May 5th, 2014
Emery County's War on Weeds - June 20, 2014
Urban Farming - November 25, 2014
Time Controlled Grazing - September, 2012
Why Protect Utah Agriculture? - February 12, 2012
Invasive Weeds - June, 2012
Utah's Disappearing Ag. Land - November, 2012
Additional segments on the topic of invasive weeds.
Here you can access our first six videos that focus on individual sectors of the agriculture industry. The common theme shared by the six Ag. sectors is how technology has helped improve agricultural production and land stewardship.
Watch the series here, or click on the video image below.
Video topics include: Fruit - Dairy - Livestock - Vegetables - Turkey - Eggs
American Farmland Trust - Supporting Local Food and Farms
Cowboys Who Care - Utah livestock ranchers care about their land and their animals. Each year they compete for the prestigious Leopold Conservation Award. Presented by the Sand County Foundation.
Johnson Mountain Ranch - Steward and Jared Johnson - are the 2014 Utah Leopold Conservation Award winners.
Learn about honeybees and insects:
How big - How many - How much -- Everything you could ever want to know about Utah agriculture statistics.
More of Utah agriculture by the numbers.
Ag. Stats Reference Card. A few selected statistics from the most recent USDA national census of Agriculture are available in this pocket size card. PDF file.
USDA-NASS (National Agricultural Statistics Service) - An overview of Utah agriculture statistics.
So God Made a Farmer - Paul Harvey
Farmer, Inc. The Real Story - A site containing blogs, videos and other links to information directly from American farmers about modern agriculture.
I Love Farmers...They Feed My Soul - Several examples of why agriculture is important to us
U.S. Department of Agriculture Education and Outreach - a variety of useful and interesting education programs geared for both urban and rural citizens.
The mission of Utah Agriculture in the Classroom is to improve agricultural literacy by developing programs that increase student awareness about agriculture and instill in students an appreciation for our food and fiber system.
Take a moment to appreciate American farmers and ranchers
Farmers Can Feed the World (Wall Street Journal) - Better seeds and fertilizers, not romantic myths, will let them do it.
The Animal Agriculture Alliance is a positive and informed voice communicating reliable, science-based information on key agricultural topics ranging from animal welfare to biotechnology to environmental impacts.
Nutritional quality of organic foods: a systematic review - This article states there is no evidence of a difference in nutrient quality between organically and conventionally produced foods.
The Organic Consumers Association responds to the above article
Mayo Clinic article on the nutritional value of organic foods
Deseret News report on organic safety